Layers of torn edges and severed forms distinguish Linda Cunningham’s large format drawing / constructions. The tactile sensibility the New York City- based Artist comes from her interest in the qualities of observed or found materials. The Artist transforms these materials, through a kind of “Urban Mining” process, while preserving their historical qualities. Even the bronze forms are cast from military surplus scrap.
Cunningham’s work is concerned with time, transience and contradictions, and she gravitates to architectural and structural remnants of current and previously existing cultures. She often poses the veracity of the photo-based transferred images against interpretive, fluid calligraphic drawing line and form. With sensually gripping form, she urges the viewer to experience the sometimes discomforting, underlying content.
Cunningham exhibits extensively both in New York and Germany, and most recently with ODETTA Gallery, Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2017 & 2015 and the Bronx Museum 2016/17 and 2010. Recent one person exhibitions include Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, the Fundacion Euroidiomas, Lima, Peru, StattMuseum, Cologne Germany, and the 2 x 13 Gallery, Chelsea, NYC. Her monumental public sculptural installations & alternative memorials are permanently sited in Cologne, Kassel, Bad Hersfeld & Cornberg, Germany, City of Sculpture, Hamilton, Ohio, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, N.J. and Lancaster, Pa. Temporary installations were formerly at the at sited at UN Plaza, New York, Westchester Square, Bronx, NY, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, CUNY Graduate Center on 42nd St across from Bryant Park, and in Tribecca. She is the recipient of grants from the Bronx Council on the Arts, Pa Council on the Arts, Fulbright Senior Research fellowship, Berlin, Arts International Kade Collaborative Works, and the John Anson Kittredge Foundation.
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